Let justice descend, you heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the clouds drop it down. Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let righteousness spring up with them! I, the LORD, have created this. Isaiah 45:8 NABRE
In this psalm God speaks of how He acted to have his people freed from exile to return to Jerusalem and rebuild. The verses preceding this quoted verse mention Cyrus the King of Persia by name, an instrument of the people’s freedom. The prophet wants to make it quite clear that the new empire’s control of affairs is not in any sense a punishment for the Jews, God has chosen to save his people by means of the “outsider” shepherd. God sends Cyrus of Persia to implement His plans of the salvation of Israel. Then we read in the quoted verse the sending of a gentle rain from the clouds, the earth opening and salvation budding forth. The exiles would view this as continued lifting of spirits about their salvation. Those of us who have experienced Jesus the Messiah can understand that God created a bigger plan for salvation. The creator became the creature so that the one who is lost will be found. This transcends the entire history of humanity from the biblical perspective. Humanity fell, but God came down in His mercy, man fell through his pride, God came with His grace. On this day humanity discovers how much God loves them, becoming human so that all will know God will do anything to demonstrate His love and provide freedom for those who trust Him, even for those who don’t know Him.
Throughout scripture we see these signs of God’s plan for our salvation. God created us out of love and it is our love that allows us to view the magnificence of God and His every act for our freedom. God acts in love for us even when we don’t know it.
Can you think of a gentle rain as salvation? Do you see signs of God’s love?Throughout scripture we see these signs of God's plan for our salvation. God created us out of love and it is our love that allows us to view the magnificence of God and His every act for our freedom. Click To Tweet
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